Here are some great eating tips for feeding babies 4 to 6 months old excerpted from Dr. Wood’s book, How to Get Kids to Eat Great & Love It!
- Stop when the baby signals “stop.”
Signals like turning the head or refusing to open the mouth mean “Enough.” There is no reason to force a certain amount of solids into your baby. Some days he may have a lot of interest in solids, and other days he may have no interest in them. We understand that babies are very good are self-regulating how much food they should eat. There is no reason for us to dictate how much they should eat.
- Try it, you’ll like it!
A puckered-up face does not necessarily mean your baby doesn’t like the food, but it may be a reaction to a new taste. Offer another spoonful if he is willing. If not, and he continues to refuse the food, don’t get discouraged. Try again another day – you may get a different reaction. Try mixing it later with other foods that he does like. The tongue thrust that the baby still has may force a lot of the food right back out, but you can keep trying if he acts like he wants more.